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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus two players are on the 60-DAY IL

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus seven players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and seven players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-21-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 7
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 7
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
* Drew Smyly, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Venezuelan Trio Plus Alamo Too Much for A's

Arnaldo Calero (solo HR, two walks, and an HBP) reached base four times, Gleyber Torres (two walks and an RBI single), Bryant Flete (RBI triple, RBI double, and a single), and Tyler Alamo (RBI single, a walk, and an HBP) reached base three times a piece, and the foursome combined to collect five RBI and score five runs, leading the Cubs to an 8-5 victory over the Athletics in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #2 (AKA "Connie Mack Field") at the Papago Baseball Complex in Phoenix, AZ.

Seongmin Kim belted a bases-clearing three-run double for the A's. 

Tennessee Smokies RHP Matt Loosen (on the Restricted List since 5/22 and hasn't pitched since 5/17) got the start for the Cubs today and worked 3.2 IP (69 pitches), allowing three runs (all ER) on two hits and four walks. He retired 11 of the first 13 men he faced before running out of gas (temperature 100+) in the bottom of the 4th.

RHP Trey Lang (Cubs 2012 6th round draft pick - Gateway CC) walked four consecutive batters in the bottom of the 7th before being relieved. Lang has now appeared in 11 Cactus League EXST games so far in 2014... COMBINED LINE: 16.1 IP, 23 H, 18 R (17 ER), 21 BB, 16 K, 2 HBP, 8 WP, 314 pitches (49% strikes), 9.37 ERA, 2.69 WHIP, .338 OppBA. 

In 18 Cactus League EXST games (55 PA), Cubs infielder Bryant Flete is hitting a robust 372/491/442, with one double and one triple, 11/10 BB/K, 8 RUNS, 9 RBI, and two SB (two CS), and has committed four errors (two at SS and two at 2B). The 21-year old Venezuelan has played both 2B and SS at EXST (although 2B is his best position), and he presently leads the team in both AVG and OBP (minimum 48 PA to qualify). So don't be too surprised if Flete wins a spot on the Boise Hawks Opening Day roster, especially if the Cubs opt to keep 17-year old SS Gleyber Torres in Mesa (AZL Cubs) for the summer. 

Meanwhile, Torres is hitting a very respectable 272/374/359 in 27 Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (108 PA), with 13/20 BB/K, four doubles, two triples, two SB (two CS and two  PO), 12 RUNS, and 10 RBI, but he has committed 11 errors. 

Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):
CUBS LINEUP:
1. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-3 (BB, K, 5-4 FC, 1B, BB, R, RBI)
2. Bryant Flete, 2B: 3-5 (3B, 6-3, 2B, 1B, K, R, 2 RBI)
3. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-4 (L-8 SF, E-5, K, 6-4 FC, F-8, R, RBI)
4. Tyler Alamo, C: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 4-3, HBP, R, RBI)
5. Mark Malave, DH #1: 1-4 (F-9, 2B, F-8, K, RBI)
6. Roney Alcala, 1B: 1-4 (1B, P-3, 4-3, K)
7. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-3 ((K, K, E-5, 5-3, R)
8. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 2-4 (F-8, F-8, 1B, 1B)
9. Eufran Vargas, DH #2: 0-3 (K, BB, 6-4-3 DP, 6-4 FC, R)
10. Arnaldo Calero, LF: 1-1 (HR, HBP, BB, BB, 2 R, RBI)
  
CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Matt Loosen: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 4 K, 2/5 GO/FO, 69 pitches (40 strikes)
2. Hector Perez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/4 GO/FO, 20 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Trey Lang: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Francisco Carrillo: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 34 pitches (25 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 2
3B Adonis Paula - E-5 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

ATTENDANCE: 18

WEATHER: Mostly sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures 100+

Comments

INTRASQUAD GAME AT RIVERVIEW PARK THIS MORNING:

Josh Conway and Ryan McNeil threw two innings a piece and Ben Wells (battling "Steve Blass Disease"), Jesus Castillo, and Yomar Morel threw one inning each.  

Pierce Johnson and James McDonald threw pre-game "live" BP.

Position players at Cubs Extended Spring Training have apparently been divided into two squads ("Boise" and "Mesa"), with Gary Van Tol managing Boise and Jimmy Gonzalez managing Mesa (as they will be once the short seasons start next month)...

BOISE:   
CATCHERS: Erick Castillo, Mark Malave (also 1B-3B), Justin Marra (also 1B), and Alberto Mineo (also 1B) 
INFIELDERS: Zak Blair (2B), Varonex Cuevas (SS-2B-3B), Jesse Hodges (3B), and Rony Rodriguez (1B-LF-RF)  
OUTFIELDERS: Jeffrey Baez (RF-CF), Kevin Brown (LF-RF-3B-2B-1B), Rashad Crawford (CF-LF), Shamil Ubiera (RF-CF-LF), and Oliver Zapata (LF-CF-RF)

MESA:
CATCHERS: Tyler Alamo (also 1B), Antonio Valerio, and Eufran Vargas
INFIELDERS: Roney Alcala (1B-3B), Bryant Flete (2B-SS), Dalfis Ortiz (2B-3B), Adonis Paula (3B), and Gleyber Torres (SS)  
OUTFIELDERS: Charcer Burks (CF-LF), Arnaldo Calero (LF-CF-RF), Eloy Jimenez (RF), and Ricardo Marcano (LF-RF-1B)

Which pitchers go where will be decided next week, and even the position player assignments in evidence today are fluid and are subject to change at any time.

With the Dominican Summer League (DSL) beginning play this weekend, it is possible that one or more of the Dominican players presently assigned to Cubs Extended Spring Training could be moved down to the DSL Cubs after today's intrasquad game.     

SS Elliot Soto has completed his 50-game "Drug of Abuse" suspension, and so he is eligible to be reinstated from the Restricted List and can be assigned wherever the Cubs feel he might be needed (probably either Tennessee or Daytona). Or if the Cubs have no use for him, he could get released. In 18 Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (68 PA), Soto hit 333/397/417 with 6/9 BB/K, one double, two triples, 3 SB (0 CS), 12 RUNS, and 5 RBI, while playing outstanding defense at SS.   

Iowa Cubs@IowaCubs Today: Conclusion of Game 2 at 12:05. Tonight: Regularly-scheduled 9-inning game at 7:05 on CBS Sports Network. I-Cubs at Memphis. Channel 418 on my Chicago area Comcast.

HOU won their 6th in a row tonight...because baseball. cubs have a 1.5 game "lead" over ARZ for the #1 pick next season.

What are the Cubs going to do with Bryant? He's pretty clearly not being challenged where he is. Villanueva is the 3B guy at Iowa, and although his stock is probably down a bit I doubt they've given up on him. Olt is obviously a fixture at third on the big club (insert sarcasm font and a Capt Happy smiley icon). I guess they don't want to put him in the outfield yet because they don't want to throw off that rhythm he's got going. It's an interesting dilemma.

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In reply to by QuietMan

Can somebody tell me if it is weird/ a warning sign that Carlos Rodon tends to hyper-extend his front knee as he finishes his delivery? Because that seems weird to me. "He finishes upright in his follow-through, though his linear energy appears to hit an invisible wall immediately after release point, suggesting that he has room for improvement during the late phases of his delivery." <--Yup. Because he's driving his front heel into the ground and stopping all his weight with a locked front knee. Seriously, this is weird, right?

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In reply to by Charlie

it's part of his command/control. there's been efforts to smooth it out, but it hasn't stuck. part of his value is his command/control and i don't know if it's comfort, a desire to not try to "fix what not's broken," or if efforts to smooth out his end-delivery affected his command/control and it is keeping him from improving that end-delivery. ...and though it has a whole lot of nothing to do with his delivery...i gotta say, he's got a sweeeeeet slider complimenting the fastball he can change speed on. he's supposedly got a kickass changeup, but he so rarely has to actually use it because the FB/slider combo gets it done at the college level.

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In reply to by Rob Richardson

I understand the organization wants Bryant to learn to deal with the grind of a pro season, to cut down on the K's, and to improve his defense at 3b, but his AA numbers are just nuts. He's leading the league in just about everything, and his SLG is 150 points higher than the #2 guy. I looked at his splits for any red flags, and across the board-- day/night, home/road, bases empty/runners on, lefty pitcher/righty pitcher-- his numbers are pretty much the same. Saving the best for last. Last ten games: .484/.610/1.097. Might we say he's shown he can handle the Southern League? I would be surprised if the Cubs don't promote him in June, and wouldn't be surprised if they left him at third base. That would suck for Christian Villanueva, but it's a harsh business. Depending on how the Olt/Baez/Alcantara situation shakes out, Bryant might very well end up in the outfield, but I would think a position change would wait till spring training and then a stint at Iowa in 2015 up to the magic service time date. Could be a fun road trip to Des Moines in July.

BP writeup on 10 prospects from 5-27-14...
Albert Almora, CF, Cubs (High-A Daytona) After taking in Daytona's series against Bradenton, I came away impressed with Almora—even though he didn't rake like he has lately, there was still plenty to like. At the plate he's patiently aggressive: Almora knows where he wants the ball and when he sees a pitch in his zone he lets his bat eat. The bat speed is above-average and his swing gets into the zone quickly and stays level. There aren’t a lot of moving parts before the swing. His stance is open and sports excellent balance. His hands and head are very quiet throughout the entire swing. His pitch recognition skills are advanced. This kid is able to recognize spin quickly, which allows him to make some very nice in-bat adjustments. Throughout the entire series he only had one bad at-bat, which came against another top prospect, Tyler Glasnow. Almora chased three elevated fastballs at the letters or higher—pitches he had no shot at catching up to. It was rare to see him get that aggressive at pitches out of his zone. He's got an athletic frame that has room to add more muscle. He is an average runner and this has some questioning his future ability to stay in center. From what I saw, I think there is a legit chance he can stick there. What he lacks in natural speed, he makes up for with excellent reads off the bat and sound routes to the ball. There were a few balls smoked into the gaps that he was able to cut off, holding the batter to long singles. Almora's arm also impressed. He unleashed an absolute laser from the right center gap on a line to home plate. His release was quick and the throw was not only of the plus variety, but accurate too. Overall, he's a fun kid to watch. –Chris King
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=23694

Marcus Stroman scratched from Triple-A start tonight...man the rumor towers!!!!

(story says he's probably going to start for Toronto tomorrow)

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    I think the Cubs made a mistake when they sent PCA back to AAA. It isn't that he is a finished product (he isn't) or that he wouldn't benefit from regular reps at AAA (he would), but PCA is the one Cubs player who can actually manufacture a run almost single-handedly by putting pressure on the defense by bunting for a hit and then distracting the pitcher & catcher by stealing a base or two and scoring on a GO or FO.

    When a lineup is in a major funk top-to-bottom you need to try and steal a run or two here or there. It can also help create a spark of life where none appears to exist. So I would have kept PCA in Chicago and had him hit lead-off every game until the bats get going again.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    So the Cubs have some teams coming up that are .500 +/-  a little.
    We hope the bats come alive. 
    STL is playing better. MIL is leading the division. PITT's SP is an issue for all opponents. SF is playing okay. 
    If the Cubs are truly a better than average team, they'll win more of this games than they lose.

    But, here's what I'm hoping: I liked the way PCA finished his stint in Wrigley. He seemed to start slowing down. I think he'll force Jed to bring him up and get regular ABs.
    If Busch doesn't turn this around the next two weeks, I think PCA coming back up becomes necessary. A month long slump happens to good hitters. No doubt there. But when it starts getting close to two months...concern is understated.
    PCA in CF, Tauch/Happ/Seiya in LF & RF, Tauch/Wisdom at DH and Belli at 1B.
    I know Jed won't rush PCA back (or rush ONCK up), but I think PCA forces him to do it and soon.
    Even if Busch starts to come back around, I think PCA can still come back as well.
    Vazquez goes back down, Nico is backup SS, and PCA gets to play.

    Also, Little needs to stay up in Chicago. Cuas & Hodge will go down. Smyly-Brewer-Almonte all have to come back or Jed loses them. Palencia and Wicks can go down. Reads like Alzolay will be out quite a while. No word really on Keegan, but he can go down as well.
    We all know the real issue is Hendricks and his 16.5mil. I wonder when he hits 10&5 rights in the coming days if there's a MLB pension bump at that point for him. I'm not certain at all.
    But, Kyle doesn't have anything left to offer. Just pay him and ask him to retire. No other team is taking him now (even if Jed flips the bill). He won a ring. All things come to end.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Agreed. No starters on that roster you would want to sniff the majors. Kyle McGowin has big league experience and has done well for the Smokies. He could be considered in an extreme emergency. Matthew Thompson has been doing well for Tennessee too but he shows long term promise and needs to be developed conventionally. 

    If one wanted to stick with Iowa the next guy up would be (reluctantly) Horton and then <gasp!> Pannone!

  • crunch (view)

    luckily the team isn't running low on MLB-ready SP...what's in AAA isn't ready for the big time yet (c.horton) or trash (literally everyone else).

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Teheran has been in the same neighborhood. I doubt either were ever intended to be more than minor league depth.

  • crunch (view)

    d.straily has give up 4 homers in 2.1ip for iowa.  his ERA is in the 7's and his WHIP is close to 2.

    it's not going well for him.

  • crunch (view)

    this COL/OAK game crazy fun...needed this after yet another poor showing cubs loss.

  • Eric S (view)

    Shutout by the Braves in three of the six game series. Cubs fortunate to get two wins. Cubs offense in need of a collective viagra-voodoo cocktail, stat!

  • crunch (view)

    he gets a 2nd inning...leadoff single on the 1st pitch.

    2ip 4h 1bb 1k, 2r/er

  • crunch (view)

    1ip 2h 1bb 1k, 2r/er...one of the outs was a popout about as close to the ivy as you can get without being in the ivy.

    not encouraging.  he may or may not get another inning.  he probably shouldn't have gotten that inning in a 1-0 game, but with the way the cubs bats are going it may not even matter.